France reaffirms support for AU in Côte d'Ivoire

Paris, France (PANA) –  France on Tuesday declared its support for efforts of the African Union (AU) to find a solution to the Ivorian crisis, the spokesperson for the French Foreign Affairs ministry, Bernard Valero, said in Paris.

"We fully back the efforts made by (Kenyan Prime Minister) Raila Odinga to find a solution which takes into consideration the choice clearly made by Ivorians in the 28 November presidential run-off election,” he said in a press briefing.

The Kenyan Prime Minister has held separate talks with incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo and Alassane Ouattara, who is recognized by the international community as the Ivorian president-elect.

The West African country has been thrown into confusion with both Gbgabo and Ouattara claiming victory in the 28 November poll.

The international community has asked Gbagbo, who has been in power for 10 years, to leave the scene but he has refused to do so.

Meanwhile, French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Tuesday held talks with a delegation from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), led by Burkina Faso’s President, Blaise Compaoré, on the Ivorian crisis, local sources told PANA.

ECOWAS has also been making efforts to resolve the matter and threatened to use military force should Gbagbo fail leave
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